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Greener travel from electric bikes to hydrogen-fuelled vehicles showcased at Inverness Campus during Low Carbon Day organised by regional transport partnership HiTrans


By Val Sweeney

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Tony Tomsett from Caetano with Brian and Bonnie Sime on the H2.City Gold hydrogen fuel cell bus.
Tony Tomsett from Caetano with Brian and Bonnie Sime on the H2.City Gold hydrogen fuel cell bus.

Individuals can help tackle climate change by considering their mode of travel.

That is the message from Highland councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of regional transport partnership HiTrans, which was involved in a Low Carbon Day at Inverness Campus.

It showcased transport from electric bikes to a hydrogen-fuelled refuse lorry to link in with COP26.

Afterwards, he said the aggregation of individuals could make a difference.

"If we start changing our methods of transport, the people who provide transport will also change as well – it is a two-way thing," said Cllr Henderson, who felt people did want to play their part.

"You cannot switch on the TV, or radio or go onto social media without hearing about climate change.

"The mode of travel can contribute to that."

A hydrogen fuel cell bus.
A hydrogen fuel cell bus.

Inverness and Nairn MP Drew Hendry, congratulated everyone involved in putting together the event.

"To achieve our net-zero ambitions for the region, we must embrace low carbon vehicles and active travel," he said.

"We already have so many terrific low carbon transport projects in and around the city. The Low Carbon Day was an excellent opportunity for folk to learn more about the work being done to achieve our ambitions for a low carbon transport system.

"I am particularly pleased to see hydrogen vehicles, along with electric vehicles, become part of Inverness’s transport system.

"I look forward to working with all those involved in the project to make the currently temporary hydrogen filling point a permanent feature of our local transport infrastructure."

Low carbon transport options were showcased during the event.
Low carbon transport options were showcased during the event.

Donald Hall was recently-appointed travel and transport manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise to expand the range of active and green travel initiatives leading to and from Inverness Campus.

"It was fantastic to see the array of electric and hydrogen vehicles at Inverness Campus on Low Carbon Day," he said.

"These sustainable forms of transport will bring a range of benefits to people, organisations and the environment.

"It was a great event and thanks to Hitrans and partners at the Highland Council, University of the Highlands and Islands and NHS Highland."

Greener transport projects are being put in place in Inverness.
Greener transport projects are being put in place in Inverness.

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